Finding out that the facility you entrusted with the care of your elderly loved one has been neglectful or abusive is heartbreaking. Know the signs of nursing home abuse, so you can take action before it is too late to help your loved one.
Signs of Abuse
Visit your loved one as often as you can and keep an eye out for any signs of physical or emotional abuse, such as:
- Broken bones
- Bed sores
- Open wounds
- Rapid weight loss
- Loss of hair
- Poor hygiene
- Torn, stained, or bloody bedding or clothing
- Physical or emotional withdrawal
- Infantile or other strange behaviors
- Unexplained or unexpected death of residents
You know your loved one better than anyone. You will notice changes in their weight and behavior that others may not pay attention to. When it comes to identifying abuse, you are your loved one’s first line of defense.
What to Do About Signs of Abuse
If you notice signs of nursing home abuse, document it. Take photos if you can, and report the abuse to the administration of the facility. They may not be aware of staff neglecting and abusing the residents. Unfortunately, the administration may also be letting it happen.
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Consult an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer. We can help you determine what the next steps should be. Our compassionate attorneys want to resolve the situation for the health and safety of your loved one and all the residents of the facility. You may be able to put an end to abuse that has been an ongoing issue for a long time.
Has your elderly loved one suffered injuries at the hands of his or her caregivers? Call Shafner Law today at (303) 796-0555 for your free case consultation with an experienced attorney. Based in Denver, we represent clients throughout Colorado.